JWCC Creates New Scholarship Competition to Motivate Adult Students

JWCC main campus building
June 17, 2021

June 16, 2021

JWCC Creates New Scholarship Competition to Motivate Adult Students  

John Wood Community College is always looking for new ways to motivate adults to begin or complete college.  A new “Motiv8” Adult Scholarship competition is part of that effort to encourage adults to find their path to the classroom during the 2021-22 academic year. The lucky recipient may receive full in-district tuition based on set guidelines.  The application is online and open now through June 30 at 11:50 p.m. CST.  Applicants must be available for an in-person meet-and-greet on campus July 8.  The winner will be announced on July 14.

JWCC launched the Motiv8 Scholarship to fill a gap for adults that don’t necessarily qualify for traditional student financial aid due to working full time or other circumstances.  Adult students face a unique set of circumstances and barriers.  There is often a great need for these students financially and the Motiv8 Scholarship serves to lessen the burden.

The name Motiv8 stems from JWCC’s adult student support group founded and coordinated by JWCC Adult Student and Admissions Advisor Melissa Hess. The group meets eight times a year to provide peer support and study times for adult students.

A recent Motiv8 member commented, “Motiv8 has helped me develop friendships, share common struggles, and gain advice and motivation from other adults.  The goal of the group is to provide an open forum for adult students to come together, encourage one another and celebrate successes.”

For more information, please call or text Melissa Hess at 217-393-8400 and visit www.jwcc.edu/motiv8 to apply.


John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today's needs and tomorrow's opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees, certificates, and personal enrichment courses.